Key Facts About PTSD Everyone Should Know

May 29, 2024

1. Although post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often associated with combat veterans, anyone at any age who experiences, witnesses, or is even just close to someone involved in a traumatic event can develop PTSD.

2. Most people who experience a traumatic event will not develop PTSD, but an estimated 6% of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

3. Symptoms of PTSD can include recurrent, unwanted, distressing memories, flashbacks, and nightmares that can lead to negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness, detachment, self-destructive behavior, and avoidance of people, places, and activities that bring reminders of the event.

Sources: Mayo Clinic. (2022) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). | National Institute of Mental Health. (2023) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. How Common is PTSD in Adults? Accessed May 2, 2024.

Where to Find Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD, these organizations may provide assistance:

—Melissa Fiorenza